I'm Emily, I'm a graphic designer/artist and a bunch of other things. This is mostly about the other things.
I was the last arrival to a big, loving family in rural southern Idaho. I liked my pet frogs, building forts, reading, rescuing unwilling feral cats, writing and putting on neighborhood plays, ruining perfectly good food for ‘science’, playing soccer, riding bikes and general mischief with my friends. As a little kid, when the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" was asked, I had four answers of equal interest:
a mad scientist
a professional soccer player or
Fortunately for my childhood dreams, one of those was remotely realistic.
In 2002 I received the Art Sterling Scholarship to Utah State University where I largely subsisted on frosted flakes and earned a double BFA in Drawing & Painting and Graphic Design. Since 2007, I have been a full-time in-house or agency designer and part-time freelancer. In 2017, I made the leap (or fall, depending on your perspective) to full-time freelancing and established Bunnelli, LLC*. I now spend my days designing under the close supervision of my two dogs for a variety of clients across the U.S. *Bunnelli is my dog's last name (she's adopted); Isabelle Rosalini Bunnelli.
I'm deeply flawed but eager to be better. I believe in people's capacity to do great things. I want to do some too. Mostly that translates to being kind, doing my best work, continual learning, and trying to improve the world around me. I think curiosity & kindness are undervalued and “stuff” is generally overvalued. I like to make art that builds connections, improves quality of life, speaks to the truth, and whenever possible, makes people smile.
My perfect day would include being in the great outdoors, spending time with people that care about each other, laughing really hard, eating something good, accomplishing something new & challenging, and probably petting a dog. Add a falling star spotting, 10/10.
Things I like, in no particular order:
My dogs, also any other dog I happen upon, and most cats
being outside in many facets, swimming, hiking, biking or laying in my own backyard
medium-spicy ethnic cuisine (but not cuy)
the idea of living a musical life or being prepared for impromptu dance battles
music as therapy
painting as therapy
lifting weights as therapy
laughing until you cry as therapy
warm sunshine on a cold day
trying new things that scare me just a little
creative problem solving
riding a bike
making anything into a competition
learning enough Spanish to order tacos, basically
all things Nat Geo, Jane Goodall, Brené Brown, Jane Eyre, or Mr.Rogers
a good rainstorm
that time after the sun sets but before it gets dark on an infinitely long summer evening
the mist that never leaves the Pacific Northwest
the quiet expanses of Idaho
travel as a means to make the world feel like home
bad advice columns
people who converse seriously with children and animals
all manner of crappy science fiction
Schwarzenegger, Wes Anderson, and Myazaki films
the smell of wet sage brush
'others' that are real and wild and brave